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Historical Dictionary of Nepal
Nanda R. ShresthaKeshav Bhattarai Historical Dictionary of Nepal : Nanda R. Shrestha,Keshav Bhattarai : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170945763)
Pages: 464
Price: Rs. 750
Format: Hardcover
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Published in 2004
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History, Culture, Places, People, Politics, Religion

In the popular imagination of rest of the world. Nepal is a marvelous vista, rising impressively from the northern Gangetic plain just a notch above sea level, to the majestic heights of snowcapped Himalayas. No less fascinating than its geographical diversity, but less visible to outsiders, is its long history, its complex sociocultural composition, and its tortuous political development. Still tightly chained to its past, Nepal has been staggering with difficulty along the path of modernization for more than four decades. In recent years, this tiny nation of some 21 million has seen the dawn of democracy which, however, recurrently gets mired in the undercurrent of feudal politics.

The Historical Dictionary of Nepal offers a concise account of Nepal’s history and political evolution, focusing on the period since the rise of Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1743, and especially on the developments of the past fifty years. In an easy-to-refer A-to-Z format, the dictionary’s packed coverage spans Nepal’s history, politics, economy, society, its rich cultural and religious traditions, and the country’s important people in a straightforward and balanced manner.

The rich mine of information is placed in context by an over-arching introduction by the authors as well as a detailed chronology. An extensive bibliography offers plenty of guidance for those seeking more information on different aspects of Nepal.

This book is a compact but highly informative ready-reference resource for scholars and students, political scientists and political commentators, journalists, diplomats and regional analysts, and the enquiring travellers to the region offering them a solid background and perspective for a better understanding of this turbulent company framed by a picture postcard landscape.

Nanda R. Shrestha

Nanda R. Shrestha was born and raised in Nepal. He went to the United States in early 1972, and earned his M.A. from Temple University (Pennsylvania). He then attended Indiana University where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1982. He is currently professor of resource and cultural management in the School of Business & Industry at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Prior to joining the FAMU faculty he was an associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (1985-1994) and lecturer at Georgia State University (1982-1985). In addition to his personal knowledge and experience, Professor Shrestha has conducted extensive field research in Nepal on several occasions as part of his two research grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. He has published numerous articles in professional journals in the fields of geography and economic development. In addition, he has published several books: The Political Economy of Land, Landlessness, and Migration in Nepal (2001), In the Name of Development: A Reflection on Nepal (1997 and 1999), and Nepal and Bangladesh: A Global Studies Handbook (2002).

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